Grampian GR1 ribbon mic with connector & cable
There is, however, another approach, which is to dispense with the connector entirely, and replace it with a modern, industry standard XLR connector. This microphone arrived without a plug and with a rather battered and bent connector at the bottom of the mic.
The decision was made to replace it with a silver-plated XLR output, which also solves any grounding issues as the third pin may be connected to the body of the mic.
The old connector was cut off, and the housing threaded to accept the new connector.
The new XLR output is then simply screwed in place... and the mic rewired and put back together.
|XLR modified Grampian|
Everything works nicely - just plug a standard XLR mic cable and it is ready to record.
Some may see this as vandalism, and perhaps from a collectors point of view, it is. However, the conversion is sympathetic, and it is far better for the mic to be making recordings, than to be languishing in a box unused.